This is the second vintage for this very limited (165 cases) Grenache-based red wine. In 2004 the blend includes 19% Mourvèdre and 12% Syrah. Though winemaker Bob Betz says he is “still struggling between size and elegance,” this is not a wine you must struggle to enjoy. Bright and spicy, it attacks the palate with the Grenache's powerfully concentrated raspberry fruit. Added weight and mass come from the other two grapes; all beautifully proportioned and blended. Notes of pepper, sweet cinnamon and even a whiff of toast come into play in the creamy finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: email@example.com.